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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: SDMA+, Swish Projects, 'Taxilandia' And 'From Ashes'

Jan. 21
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts and culture picks include a new Digital WOW production, Amel Janae's solo exhibition, a group show at Thumbprint, and Icelandic contemporary music paired with Ana de Alvear's art.

San Diego Musician, blues man Tomcat Courtney

Remembering San Diego Blues Legend Tomcat Courtney

Jan. 18
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Courtney went from Texas cotton fields to a three-ring circus, and along that road he found the music that sustained his life. The award-winning bluesman and staple on the San Diego music scene died this month at age 91.

Rafael Payare conducts at Copley Symphony Hall ...

Pandemic Profile: San Diego Symphony CEO On Making It Through The Era Of COVID-19

Jan. 18
By John Carroll

How is one of San Diego's major arts organizations surviving during the pandemic? We find out in a conversation with San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Monumental History, Waves Of Feminism, Remedio Casero And Site-Specific Circus

Jan. 14
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend picks for art and culture feature new offerings from OnStage Playhouse, the Women's Museum, Hill Street Country Club, San Diego Circus Center, regional Black artists and more.

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San Diego's Classics 4 Kids Recognized For Music Education Leadership

Jan. 13
By Julia Dixon Evans

Local organization set to receive 2021 California Music Educators Association honor for leadership as they adapt their school-based arts access programming during the pandemic.

Tijuana-based musician Ego Rangel's latest albu...

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In January

Jan. 12
By Julia Dixon Evans

We're listening to new tracks from San Diego and Tijuana acts Lowlands, Lex and the Jewels, Ego Rangel, Shelbi Bennett, Alfred Howard and Low and Be Told.

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Pandemic Profile: San Diego Opera

Dec. 22, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Arts organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic. But San Diego Opera discovered that some of the lessons it learned from an earlier financial crisis have proven useful during these current challenging times.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Good Faith Gallery, Turkish Folk Music, Manny Farber And Jazz

Jan. 7
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend culture picks include new work by Jonny Alexander and musician Salami Rose Joe Louis, a mini video from the Symphony, Manny Farber at Quint ONE and the Athenaeum's livestreamed jazz.

Arabella Harrison is Sally, the lead singer of ...

'Fanboy' Thriller Shows Off San Diego Music Scene

Jan. 7
By Julia Dixon Evans

Catch the drive-in premiere of a new atmospheric, gritty crime drama about an underground band, fame and an unhinged fan by Ben Johnson — all set against a backdrop of San Diego's beloved live music venues.

Teros Gallery founder Alejandra Frank is pictur...

Closed Doors, 'New Suns' For Teros Gallery

Jan. 5
By Julia Dixon Evans

Now without a physical location, the City Heights art space Teros Gallery is transforming, and plans to collaborate with others like Burn All Books to help uplift the arts community.

The Casbah stage sits empty on April 28, 2020. ...

2020 Songs To Discover: A Year In Music In San Diego

Dec. 30, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

A look back at KPBS' music coverage in 2020, plus playlists of new music and a glance back at how the pandemic shaped (and is still shaping) our local music scene.

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Enter 'The World Of Wong Kar-Wai'

Dec. 29, 2020
By Beth Accomando

On Christmas Day "The World of Wong Kar Wai" was released. It is a collection of seven restored films by the Hong Kong director and will be available through Digital Gym Cinema for the next month.

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Brings August Wilson To The Screen With Class

Dec. 18, 2020
By Beth Accomando

August Wilson has chronicled African American life in his 20th Century Cycle of 10 plays, each focusing on a different decade. Now Denzel Washington wants to ensure that those plays make it to the screen. "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" is now available on Netflix.

A jazz quartet featuring Gilbert Castellanos, J...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Short Stories, Christmas Jazz, Tchaikovsky And Americana

Dec. 17, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Get festive while getting a little culture this weekend with local art. Our virtual picks include jazz with the Symphony, a literary story concert, Hershey Felder's updated spin on Tchaikovsky, and an Americana Christmas.

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: A Hanukkah Play, Los Lobos, SDSU Art Gallery And Festive Choral Music

Dec. 11, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for holiday (and not) arts and culture you can safely stream from home this weekend include New Village Arts, SACRA/PROFANA, the "Upon Closer Inspection" virtual exhibition and a Los Lobos holiday livestream.

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